School board sworn in

NEW RIEGEL – The oath of office was administered to newly elected New Riegel board members Jeff Hohman, Scott Hohman and Cindy Hughes by Treasurer Jane Schalk Monday night. Jeff Hohman was elected president while Stephanie Reinhart was chosen as vice president.

Time for the meetings will remain at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month in the media center. Committee assignments appointed Hughes to the Athletic Board of Control; Jennifer Theis as the legislative liaison; Jeff Hohman to the financial audit committee; Reinhart to a three-year term on the Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center Board and Jeff Hohman as a records commission member.

During the budget hearing, Schalk said the district’s bond retirement fund is at .7 mills providing $31,000 in 2015. The district still owes $515,000 on its school facility.

Superintendent Elaine Nye recognized members for School Board Recognition Month, presenting each with a certificate and tumbler with the New Riegel logo.

Nye said the district has used five calamity days and a make-up day has been scheduled for Feb. 17. She distributed next year’s school calendar to members. Some discussion followed and board members will examine and further discuss it before approval at the next meeting. She also stated the new steamer had been delivered and installed in the kitchen.

Principal Dave Rombach said grade cards were sent home Monday.

In other action, the board:

Established a service fund for board business at the minimum requirement of $2,000.

Named Scott, Scriven and Wahoff LLP of Columbus as legal counsel for 2014.

Authorized the treasurer to request advances from the county auditor as funds become available and to invest interim funds at the highest available rate of interest.

Declared the superintendent as chief purchasing agent for all goods and services and authorized payment by the treasurer of all invoices deemed acceptable by the superintendent.

Authorized the superintendent and treasurer to enter into and/or accept/participate in federal, state or local grants or agreements and authorize the treasurer to appropriate funds for the grant awarded.

Approved membership in the Ohio School Boards Association for 2014 at a cost of $3,053 inclusive of publications.

Authorized the treasurer to file requests for amendments of the certificate of estimated resources with the Seneca County auditor as information becomes available to the treasurer to warrant such a filing.

Authorized the superintendent to employ temporary personnel as needed in emergency situations. Such employees are to be presented to the board of education for approval at the next regular meeting.

Appointed Schalk as the public records designee for the board and Nye as the alternate.

Approved the July 1 through June 30, 2015, alternative tax budget and forward the same to the Seneca County budget commission.

The Board of Education meets at 4 p.m. Feb. 10.